Explore the most popular lake trails near Micanopy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nothing special during my hike. Not really much to see.

Love this place! Awesome old growth forest with varying terrain/views. Does get flooded sometimes just bring boots. Would also definitely recommend the primitive camping available here.

Easy hike with a lot of birds and other wildlife. North side is out in the open for about 3 miles so be prepared. I did run off one alligator from the trail.

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful but too manicured for my taste...

Great place to see buffalo and wild horses!

trail running
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails around Gainesville. There's always a lot of birds and alligators and often wild horses to look at. The major draw is the boardwalk which has a bunch of informational kiosks about the park (it's an engineered water filtration system for the Florida aquifer). It's open sun up to sun down and the views are unbeatable. The only issue is that there's no shade on the trails so be sure to bring sunscreen and water.

I ran all the loops and walked the boardwalk for a cooldown for this. You can hike the whole thing in a few hours but the main draw is the boardwalk which you can do in under an hour with stopping to take photos and read the kiosks.

http://www.sweetwaterwetlands.org

Alligator ate my hot Cheetos.

It's pretty secluded. I was the only one out there on the trail. It was kind of like an old road. It's a loop around a marsh with thick woods to the south and more open on the north side. I didn't have too many run-ins with snakes but then again caretakers were out there mowing the grass. It was beautiful tons of butterflies and birds.

walking
10 months ago

Amazing Last time we went we saw bison and the wild horses as well as ton s of alligators. Previous times have seen deer as well

Classic Florida Hike from uplands to wetlands.

Stunning wildlife! This place is one of my absolute favorites!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

more of an old road rather than a hiking trail. it was pleasant enough. keep a sharp eye out for snakes - saw 3 throughout the loop in March. they looked like brown water snakes rather than cottonmouths but I'm sure those are abundant as well , especially when it's warm.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

See previous 1 star review

on Levy Loop Trail

mountain biking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Not much crowd there as it's a bit secluded. It was worth every minute spent there. Trail changes gradually from thick woods (south loop) to open plains (north loop). I would be cautious of snakes in summer though. We saw plenty even in March, most were shy but one was too comfy to give way, would have stepped on it if I wasn't careful. The north-east part of trail shares territory with human establishment (can see some cows near the fence too). There is a small pond on the north loop but is inaccessible. Nearest we could come to it was maybe around 300 feet. The mid area was dry when we visited, so not many birds to view. There are no restrooms/water-taps anywhere.

hiking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Definitely don't try to get to this trail by plugging the coordinates into Google. We ended up down a residential dirt road that dead-ended at a locked gate.

hiking
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Beautiful hike around a marsh, tons of wildlife! The northern half of the trail is completely unshaded, so if you go when the sun is out make sure to bring a hat (or in our case, it was bleak and cold and windy so make sure to bring a good warm windbreaker). You'll find a bench about every half mile or so, which is great for taking a snack break and enjoying the view. Due to the amount of wildlife (snakes and gators and such) there are no dogs allowed. When we went there seemed to be 5 or 6 trails that branch off of the main loop, but they were all chained off so I'm not sure if during the summer they'll be accessible. Overall it's a great 3 or 4 hour hike to get away from civilization for a while.

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Great starting point for tourists interested in exploring Florida wildlife. There is an easy trail called La Chua trail which is simple, flat, and straightforward with a marked path. There are gators in the swamps which are easily viewed from the trail. We went early in the AM (the park opens at 8:30AM).... we saw gators, all kinds of wild birds (like cranes), frogs, and some horses, and plenty of beautiful floral and fauna around the trail. The trail is about 1 mile long. I advise going early if you want to avoid too many tourists around.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Just moved here from the super dog friendly town of Carolina Beach, NC and this preserve is what I needed to relax. My dog Griffin and I recently hiked the Appalachian Trail and were itching to get out and these trails did the trick. The "fire lines" which aren't trails but beach off from them are quite beautiful and not so maintained which make them perfect for us. All in all great trails for the dog oriented human.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Nice park, we saw the wild horses, that was pretty cool. Lots of trails, mostly flat, feels like you are in the jungle.

hiking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

Definitely not worth it. We started at the south end of the trail. right after you park you hike less than 100 yards and find yourself at the edge of the lake with some picnic takes and bathrooms. That part is nice, but after that you're just walking on a dirt car trail. Not much shade and not anything to see, really. It dead ends into a paved road and then you turn around and head back. There are much better trails at the park, but don't forget you have to pay to get in.

hiking
Monday, July 23, 2012

This trail was pretty amazing to be honest. You pass through so many different habitats. One minute you're amongst deer & horses, the nest you're walking past alligators. There is little shade and no available water fountains, you're hiking in a true wilderness so be prepared and bring lots of bug spray. I also don't recommend going in the middle of the summer like I did! :P

hiking
Monday, July 23, 2012

Nice scenic little hike through some upland hardwood forest and down to the lowland hammocks toward the lake. I like this one for it's diversity and abundance of wildlife.

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